Sunday, April 22, 2018

2018 Charity Computer Drive!

Once again we are going to try to build as many computers as we can to donate to needy families. If you have older hardware lying around that you would like to donate (CPU, RAM, video cards, etc.), let me know! If you are a company that would like to participate, feel free to send me a message! In 2015 we build sixteen systems, in 2016 we built twenty systems, and in 2017 we donated a total of twenty four computers / laptops for those in need. As always, we are grateful for all your support!

Valve Acquires Campo Santo

There is a post on the Campo Santo website saying that the developer has been acquired by Valve. Thanks to our friends at Blues News for the heads up.

Third, and last, we had a series of long conversations with the people at Valve and everyone shared the satisfaction we take in working with people whose talents dwarf our own to make things we never thought possible. Both sides spoke about our values and how, when you get right down to it, we, as human beings, are hard-limited by the time we have left when it comes to making the things we care about and believe in. They asked us if we’d all be interested in coming up to Bellevue and doing that there and we said yes.

BIOSTAR Racing Z370GT6 Motherboard Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps have posted a review of the BIOSTAR Racing Z370GT6 motherboard today.

With the Z370GT6 LGA1151 board for the newest Coffee Lake Intel processors, BIOSTAR ticks the necessary boxes by including decent overclocking capabilities, a refreshed Racing theme and UEFI interface, but also an easy to use Windows utility. The board performance is in-line with the other Z370 models we have tested in the past, which have the latest Intel BIOS fixes applied.

Sahara P35 Case Review

The crew at Play3r have posted a review of the Anidees AI Crystal Sahara P35 case today. With the exception of the feet on these cases, they appear to be identical. 😕

ASRock X399M Taichi Motherboard UEFI Review

Don't worry, no translators are need to watch this ASRock X399M Taichi motherboard has subtitles. 👍

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Must See Video of the Day

Just a casual reminder that game developers are people too.

FSP CMT510 RGB Mid-Tower Chassis Review

TweakTown has posted a review of the FSP CMT510 RGB mid-tower chassis today. You can see my review here for comparison purposes.

Police Used Dead Man’s Finger To Unlock Phone

When has "legal" and "appropriate" ever been mentioned in the same sentence when it comes to situations like this?

Most people agree what the Largo detectives did at the funeral home was legal. What they diverge on is whether it was appropriate. "I just felt so disrespected and violated," said Victoria Armstrong, whose fiance, Linus F. Phillip, was shot and killed by a Largo police officer last month.

Friday, April 20, 2018


The winner of this month's Patreon Appreciation Package has been selected so check your inbox (and spam filter), you may be the winner of of the Intel Core i7 Asus RoG Z370-Gaming combo giveaway!

For those of you that don't know, we have special giveaways that are only for the folks that back us on Patreon. Backers also get an extra entry (daily) for our regular giveaways. 

Facebook Removes 'Gay Sex For Rent' Posts

Why would anyone think something like this was even legal? I guess you really CAN find anything on Facebook.

Facebook has removed a group in which landlords were offering young men free accommodation in return for sex.

Twitter Bans Kaspersky Labs

Any time someone quotes Game of Thrones in an open letter to Twitter, it's a must read.

When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” 

Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

Thermaltake View 28 RGB Review

The gang over at FunkyKit had a lot of nice things to say about the Thermaltake View 28 RGB mid-tower chassis. Hit this link for the complete rundown.

Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the Thermaltake View 28 RGB Mid-Tower Chassis. This tool-less mid-tower chassis is made from SPCC steel (COLD rolled steel) and is suitable for all motherboards, including full-size ATX, Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX form factor.

Valve Loses $3M AU Fine Appeal

You know this has to sting but, to be totally honest, a $3 million fine is a drop in the bucket to Valve.

The Court found Steam’s terms and conditions, and refund policies, included false or misleading representations about consumers’ rights to obtain a refund for games if they were not of acceptable quality. Justice Edelman was scathing in his judgment, saying “Valve’s culture of compliance was, and is, very poor” and its evidence “disturbing”. In December last year, the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia dismissed Valve Corporation’s appeal against a ruling.

Phanteks Eclipse P300 Review

There is a review of the  Phanteks Eclipse P300 posted today at FunkyKit. For comparison purposes, you can see my review here.
Overall this is a great case for the price and you’re getting some great features usually not seen unless you pay close to $100 bucks on a case like RGB lighting and tempered glass. Just be prepared to spend a bit longer than usual when installing the PSU.

NVIDIA Sets Conference Call for First-Quarter Financial Results

NVIDIA will host a conference call on Thursday, May 10, at 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET) to discuss its financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, ending April 29, 2018. The call will be webcast live (in listen-only mode) at the following websites: and The company’s prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session, which will be limited to questions from financial analysts and institutional investors. Ahead of the call, NVIDIA will provide written commentary on its first-quarter results from its CFO. This material will be posted to investor.nvidia.comimmediately after the company’s results are publicly announced at approximately 1:20 p.m. PT.

Tapping AI to Assess and Limit Risk in M&A

Assessing risk is a concern in most industries, although perhaps never more so than following a merger or acquisition. It turns out AI may be just the tool to help. GPU Technology Conference attendees last month got a high-level education in how AI can bring speed and precision to this process from Congruity360, a Massachusetts-based data management consultancy.

2nd-Gen AMD Ryzen Processors Deliver Best-in-Class Compute Performance

AMD today announced the global availability of its 2nd Generation Ryzen™ Desktop processors, starting with four models optimized for gamers, creators, and hardware enthusiasts: Ryzen™ 7 2700X, Ryzen™ 7 2700, Ryzen™ 5 2600X, and Ryzen™ 5 2600 processors. Using the world's first 12nm process technology, these 2nd Gen Ryzen processors can offer up to 15% higher gaming performance2,3 than 1st Gen Ryzen processors, while delivering the highest multiprocessing performance you can get on a mainstream desktop PC1, and enhanced capabilities including Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR 2), an included Wraith Cooler, unlocked performance accessed with the new Ryzen™ Master Utility2, and more.

Intel: Safety in the Driverless Age

Intel chief safety architect Jack Weast opens a conversation with policy makers and influencers in Washington, D.C., about the demands for safety in the driverless age. Weast joins POLITICO’s Tanya Snyder and leading industry experts to explore how the public sector and private industry can collaborate to unleash the potential of the driverless future.

Intel and Sustainability: Earth Day is Every Day

At Intel, we are committed to sustainability not just on Earth Day, but every day. From energy and water conservation to waste reduction and environmental design, we’re reducing our footprint to protect the planet we call home.

Intel Study Discovers Why So Many Factories are Still Operating in the 20th Century

Intel releases study, “Industry 4.0 demands the co-evolution of workers and manufacturing operations.” Research finds more than half of workers surveyed hunger for change and “intelligent” solutions for labor-intensive jobs, but many distrust new technology. What does it take to realize the full potential of intelligent factories? How are companies, workers and manufacturing leaders equipped to handle the changes ahead of them? To better understand these issues, Intel embarked on research that surveyed workers and leaders to identify key issues that will accelerate adoption of smart technologies.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Revealed

I can't think of a better name for the next installment of the franchise than Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass. As always, a big shout out to Blue's News for the heads up.

Gaming Phone With RGB Lighting

Holy cow, I can't believe this is actually a thing.

Taking design cues from modern machines and high-end gaming systems, the Red Magic is a new smartphone product designed for any gamer.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Review

Our friends at Vortez have posted a review of the AMD Ryzen 7 2700X. If you are looking to upgrade, you should read this review before you do.

Today we look at the top-tier 2700X, the current best in the 2nd Gen range. Featuring a 3.7GHz base clock and 4.3GHz boost clock, along with 8 cores and 16 threads. AMD haven’t, at least at this moment in time, provided an analogue to the 1800 and 1800X CPUs, instead listing the 2700X as their enthusiast chip.

G.SKILL Announces New Specifications for AMD RyzenT 2000 Series

G.SKILL, the world’s leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is excited to announce the release of new Trident Z RGB and Sniper X series specifications launching in conjunction with the release of the AMD Ryzen™ 2000 series processors and the X470 platform. Kit specifications starting from DDR4-3200MHz CL16-18-18-38 16GB (2x8GB) to DDR4-3600MHz 18-22-22-42 16GB (2x8GB), these new specifications push the boundaries of AMD system performance to the next level.

ADATA XPG Unveils SPECTRIX D41 DDR4 RGB Memory Module

ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high-performanceDRAM modules and NAND Flash products, announces its next generation XPG SPECTRIX D41 DDR4 RGB memory module. The memory module brings together a new refreshing aesthetic design, striking speeds and stunning programmable RGB lighting to offer avid gamers a worthy upgrade for their setups. What’s more, the XPG SPECTRIX D41 supports Intel® X299 2666 MHz and AMD AM4/Ryzen platforms and comes in two color options - Crimson Red and Titanium Gray.

Using Adversarial Networks to Create Customized Dental Caps

It wasn’t long ago that dental crowns were produced on assembly lines, with rows of workers engaged in the physical effort of building and shaping them. To make that process faster, more precise and, ultimately, less expensive, dental product maker Glidewell Laboratories has been building a deep learning environment for designing and manufacturing crowns, also known as caps.

WD Continues To Drive Capacity And Improve TCO For Data Centers

Enabling new lower levels of total cost of ownership for cloud and enterprise customers, Western Digital Corporation today introduced the Ultrastar® DC HC530 hard drive – at 14TB, no other CMR (conventional magnetic recording) hard drive in the industry offers a higher capacity. The breadth and depth of big data is driving the universal need for higher capacities across a broad spectrum of applications and workloads. Built on Western Digital’s fifth-generation HelioSeal technology, the Ultrastar DC HC530 drive is designed for public and private cloud environments where storage density, watt/TB and $/TB are critical parameters for creating the most cost-efficient infrastructure.

Intel Open Sources nGraph

Intel’s nGraph Compiler, a framework-neutral deep neural network (DNN) model compiler, is now open source. Data scientists working with TensorFlow on Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors can use Intel’s newly released simplified bridge code to deliver up to 10x performance improvements over previous TensorFlow integrations.

Intel Chip Performs 10 Trillion Calculations per Second

Because of the Intel® Stratix® 10’s unique design, it can whip through calculations at blinding speeds – often 10 to 100 times faster than the chips in consumer devices. Intel Stratix 10 FPGAs – the latest version came out in February – are capable of 10 TFLOPS, or 10 trillion floating point operations per second. The Stratix 10 is the fastest chip of its kind in the world.

FPGAs, or field programmable gate arrays, are a special class of computer chip that is surging in importance with the rise of applications like speech-recognition, artificial intelligence, next-generation wireless networks, advanced search engines and high-performance computing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic Chassis Review

Trust me when I say that you don't want to miss my review of the Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic chassis posted today at Tom's Hardware.
The PC-O11 Dynamic is a reasonably priced, full-featured chassis that would be a fantastic foundation for an exceptional system build. From mild to wild, this chassis can handle it all...provided you fill it with your own choice of third-party fans.

Cooler Master Announces Its First Addressable RGB AIO Liquid CPU Coolers

Cooler Master, a global leader in manufacturing CPU coolers, computer components and peripherals, introduces its first addressable RGB all-in-one (AIO) liquid CPU coolers. The MasterLiquid ML240R RGB and MasterLiquid ML120R RGB are certified compatible with ASUS, MSI and ASRock motherboards and feature addressable RGB LEDs on both the fans and water block.

MSI Unveils New Vortex W25 Desktop Workstation

MSI, a world leader in computer hardware, continues to innovate its workstation line with the Vortex W25 and updated WT75, WS63 and WE series of mobile workstations. The Vortex W25 is the world’s first 2.5L desktop powered by NVIDIA’s Quadro P5200 GPU. “The Vortex W25 is one of the smallest and most capable workstations on the market,” said Andy Tung, President of MSI. “We first created the chassis for powerful gaming performance with the Vortex G25, but we believe the innovative design will translate easily to those who need desktop-grade power in a small form factor.”

MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries Destruction Trailer

Piranha Games has launched a new trailer for MechWarrior 5 Mercenaries. This new trailer focuses on the destruction aspect of the game.

Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB Review

The crew at Real Hardware Review have some of Ballistix's Tactical Tracer RGB memory on the test bench today.

With that all said, if you are like any experienced system builder these specifications may raise a red-flag or two. Namely the MSRP is within a few dollars of what the original Ballistix Tactical non-LED enabled options retail for. For instance, the focus of this review – the $523(USD) 4x8GB DDR4-3000 kit – is literally only eight dollars more than the non-LED equipped option. That is darn near a rounding error in a system budget.

Inside Hunt's Weapon System with David West

Piranha Games' Senior System Designer takes you on a tour of Inside Hunt's weapon system

Surviving a round of Hunt: Showdown involves a lot of strategy. The more you know about your weapons, the better the chance that you survive. Today Senior System Designer David West is here to get into some details about how the weapon system works, why there's no bullet drop, and where you should be aiming to hit a moving target.

Cancer Detecting Tattoo

This is interesting. Sure it has only been tested on mice, but interesting none the less.

Earlier detection of disease could help improve response to therapy. Blood calcium concentrations are elevated in several types of cancer, in addition to other diseases. Here, Tastanova et al. used synthetic biology and cell engineering to develop a sensor that detects hypercalcemia. Their implantable sensor consists of cells that express the calcium-sensing receptor and produce melanin in response to sustained elevated calcium in the blood.

The Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill

Smarter Every Day explains how the Infinadeck Omnidirectional Treadmill works. Pretty spiffy stuff.

Technology Gone Wrong Video of the Day

Although this video looked totally fake, the bad part is that you know that social media would take something like this and run with it.

How GPUs Aid Fight Against Zombie-Like Bugs

When health officials use words like “nightmare” and “apocalypse” to describe a problem, it’s probably time to pay attention. We’re in a war with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and we’re losing. Antibiotics that saved millions of lives in the last century are increasingly powerless against a growing number of superbugs that have evolved to survive our pharmacological onslaught. There’s a dearth of new antibiotics to treat what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control calls “nightmare bacteria.” This has led some — including the U.K.’s chief medical advisor — to warn of a post-antibiotic “apocalypse” in which ordinary infections, surgery, tuberculosis and even a papercut could be a death sentence.

Intel Announces Silicon-Level Security Technologies

Today’s cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving with emerging threats, which means we must be vigilant in delivering solutions that protect customers and their data. Given the cybersecurity axiom that hardware is the foundation for innovation and is the root of trust, Intel has long been focused on driving security innovation from the silicon to applications and from the client device to the edge and to the cloud.

In the past year alone, we’ve partnered with industry leaders to help promote future security-based workloads like confidential computing and blockchain, and we introduced Intel® Secure Device Onboard for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. More recently, we highlighted the steps we are taking to build protections into our hardware for the side channel vulnerabilities disclosed in early January.